In a shocking incident, Pune's Hadapsar police on Saturday arrested a ward boy for allegedly molesting a COVID-19 positive patient, who was undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a private hospital at Hadapsar.
The accused identified as Ashok Namdeo Gawali (40) allegedly molested the 35-year-old COVID-19 positive patient by inappropriately touching her, reports Hindustan Times. A police official said that the accused was wearing a mask when he went near the bed of the victim.
After reaching the victim's bed, he asked her whether she recognised him after lowering his face mask. A Pune police official said, "A case has been registered with Hadapsar police station of Pune against the 40-year-old ward boy of a private hospital in Pune for molesting the woman COVID-19 patient admitted here."
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The accused then shared a personal detail with her, which the victim ignored. However, when she refused to share her mobile number, the ward boy physically molested her. At the same time, when a woman staff entered the ICU unit and identified the ward boy, he immediately left the room.
The Hadapsar police filed a case against the ward boy late on Friday night under section 354 of the IPC. "The victim lodged a complaint with Hadapsar after we sent the team to the hospital," police inspector Ramesh Sathe, who is investigating the case.
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In a horrific case that reminds of the infamous 2015 Dadri lynching, a man was brutally assaulted with a hammer on suspicion of smuggling cow meat in Gurgaon. According to NDTV report, the man who was driving a pick-up truck carrying bovine meat was being chased for 8 km by a group of cow vigilantes after which they flagged him down and attacked him.
The driver, identified as Lukman, was then pulled out of the vehicle and attacked by the men with hammers, while the police officials at the spot stood there and watched. After being thrashed, the men buddled Lukman into the pick-up truck and he was taken to Badshahpur village, only to be attacked by them again. When the police officials of the area intervened, the men tried to attack them too.
Lukman was then taken to a hospital where he is being treated. Lukman, who owns the pick-up truck, said the meat being transported was buffalo.
A complaint was filed for the incident after which Gurgaon police identified and arrested an attacker named Pradeep Yadav based on a video taken by the eyewitnesses from the spot. A senior officer said they have identified more attackers from the video. The police have also sent a sample of the meat to a lab for testing.
A six-year-old boy died on Tuesday Eedhjagir village in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district and the family thought that he died because of a fall. However, two days later, his sister told the parents that her boyfriend had strangled the child to death.
On Tuesday afternoon, the parents, who work as labourers, were not at home. In their absence, the girl’s boyfriend had come over. The girl’s six-year-old brother walked in on them, and fearing that their relationship will be discovered, the boyfriend strangled the child to death, according to a report in Times of India.
When the parents returned, the girl told them that he had fallen off the roof and was grievously injured. They rushed him to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Bareilly SSP Shailesh Pandey was quoted as saying, “But she was depressed, guilty. On Thursday evening, she could not hold it in anymore and told her parents what had happened.”
After the girl informed her parents, they filed a police complaint and an FIR was lodged. The girl and her boyfriend have been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The girl, who is a minor, has been detained and will be presented in juvenile court. “Her boyfriend, who is on the run, has also been booked for rape since the girl is a minor. The boy's body will be exhumed and autopsy will be done,” Pandey said.
A senior MMRDA official fell to death from his fourth floor residential apartment on Friday night. The deceased has been identified as Kulvinder Singh Kapoor. He was attached to MMRDA as director (system). An accidental death record has been registered and further investigation is on.
According to information provided by the BKC police, the incident was reported on Saturday at 1 am, when security guards in the building complex for MMRDA officials found Kapoor's body. The BKC cops said that on Friday night, Kapoor's wife and 25-year-old son were in the apartment.
A senior officer said, "It's not clear whether he jumped or fell accidentally."
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A special squad of the Patna Police is in Mumbai to investigate the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The police have sought Rajput's post-mortem report from the Mumbai Police, a copy of the accidental death report (ADR), the panchnama of the incident and a copy of the diary.
According to the Patna Police, actor Rhea Chakraborty won't be questioned at the moment, but is still under supervision.
Rhea Chakraborty and late actor Sushant Singh Rajput
The police also visited Cooper Hospital on Saturday morning, to take the statement of the doctor who had conducted Rajput's post-mortem. However, sources said the statement has not been taken as yet.
In the FIR, Rajput's father had alleged that the actor had R17 crore in Kotak Mahindra Bank account, of which R15 crore was transferred to a bank account that didn't belong to him. However, his CA Sandeep Sridhar claimed that Rajput didn't have R17 crore in the account. The police will be recording Sridhar's statement, too.
Officials are also looking into claims of Rajput suffering from depression, and have recorded the statement of Mukesh Chabra, the director of his last film Dil Bechara, at his home in Versova, in this regard. They also took the statement of director Rumi Jaffery, who was to make a film with Rajput and Chakraborty. The shooting of the film was to begin after the lockdown.
The Patna Police have also sought help in the investigation from the Mumbai Police. The Mumbai Police will be seeking legal advice on the same, before taking a decision.
Qaisar Alam, an officer of Patna Police, said, "We are getting the support we need from the Mumbai Police."
Rs 15crAmount allegedly transferred from Rajput's bank account
Irked by his mother rebuking him for staying out with his friends late in the night, a college student stabbed her to death in Mandya town in Karnataka, following which he has been arrested, police said.
The student was arrested on July 30, a police official told PTI on Friday.
He said the woman was upset over her son frequently spending time with his friends till late in the night. On Wednesday, she scolded him for not listening to her advice, following which he stabbed her to death, the official said.
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A 25-year-old man was arrested by the Mumbai crime branch on Thursday for harassing and threatening the daughter of a well-known Bollywood actor and extorting money from her. According to Times of India, the accused had shared with the woman some of her obscene photos and videos and threatened to make them viral.
The woman, who filed a complaint with the police, alleged that the man, identified as Qumail Hanif Patani, knew her from her college and was sending her message on Instagram. She also said that he has some of her private pictures as well. Patani’s cousin was her classmate while in college.
According to the police, Patani, a resident of Malad, sent messages to the woman and would delete them immediately to erase his footprints. He threatened the woman to make the pictures and videos viral and demanded a huge sum of money.
The police said that the woman got scared after receiving such messages and told Patani that she can pay only Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. When Patani demanded more money, the woman told her parents about him and registered a complaint against him at Bangur Nagar police station. The police and the crime branch unit 11 laid a trap and arrested Patani on Thursday.
The Ram temple that will come at the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh will be on a grander scale compared with one proposed earlier -- it will now have five domes and one tower, increasing the temple height by 20 feet to 161 feet.The temple will be built in Nagara style, following the principles of Vastu Shastra. The temple design finalised in the 90s had visualised a double-storeyed structure with three 'mandaps' or domes and one 'shikhar' or tower.According to architect Ashish Sompura, a son of project's chief architect Chandrakantbhai Sompura, the original design had three 'mandaps' -- the 'garbh griha' or the sanctum, and 'kudu mandap' and 'nritya mandap'. But the new design has 'rang mandap' which will be towards the temple front, a 'kirtan mandap' and 'prarthana mandaps' on both sides as well.Ashish said that since the height of the temple height and floors has been increased, the temple has to be extended on the sides to balance out the design aesthetically.The columns, which in the original design were 212, have now been increased to 360."In the older times, 'nritya' and 'rang mandaps' were used for dance by 'devdasis' (temple dancers). But now the same space would be used by people to have 'darshan' of Lord Ram from three sides," he explained.Temple chief architect Chandrakant Bhai Sompura, whose grandfather Prabhakarji Sompura had designed the Somnath temple, said that the temple design is based on 'Vastu Shastra'.The 77-year-old said: "My grandfather had written several books on Vastu and for generations we have been using the art in our designs.""The Nagara style Ram Mandir is designed keeping the specifications of Shilpa Shastra in mind. All calculations are very particular. For instance, no dimension can be bigger than the sanctum and the direction of the same has to be as per Vastu specifications," said Ashish. According to the architects, the temple construction will take around three-and-a-half years.Almost 50 per cent of the work, based on the original design -- 106 columns, walls of the sanctum and marble 'chaukath' -- had been done. But since the design is now for a bigger temple, more stone carvings will have to be done.Besides, four smaller temples will be built around the main structure. The temple trust plans to meet the construction cost through crowdfunding.
Even as at least 21 persons died due to alleged consumption of spurious liquor in Amritsar, Batala and Tarn Taran districts of Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered a magisterial inquiry led by the Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner into the matter.
Five more deaths were reported on Friday in Batala. One person was admitted in hospital in a critical condition. Four more deaths have also been reported from Tarn Taran.
The inquiry panel will look into the facts and circumstances leading to the tragedy as well as into any other connected issue(s) or relevant to the incident(s) and the circumstances leading to it, an official statement said.
The Divisional Commissioner of Jalandhar will inquire into the tragedy along with the Joint Excise and Taxation Commissioner and SPs (Investigation) of the districts concerned, an official spokesperson said.
The Chief Minister has given Commission the liberty to co-opt any civil or police officer or any expert to facilitate the expeditious conduct of the inquiry. He promised strict action against anyone found guilty in the case.
Taking serious note, Amarinder Singh also directed the police to launch a search operation to crack down on spurious liquor manufacturing units operating in the state.
Police has arrested Balwinder Kaur in Tarsikka village in Amritsar district with regard to the hooch tragedy.
Further investigations are in progress under the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by SSP Amritsar-Rural, from where the first cases were reported.
The post-mortems of four victims -- Jaswinder Singh, Kashmir Singh, Kirpal Singh and Jaswant Singh -- will be conducted to ascertain the exact cause of the deaths.
Giving details of the case, Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said the first five deaths were reported from Mucchal and Tangra villages in Amritsar Rural area on the night of June 29.
On July 30 evening, two more persons died in suspicious circumstances in Muchhal, while one person was hospitalised in a critical condition but later succumbed at Sri Guru Ramdas Hospital, from where he was referred by Dr Sarabjit Kaur Hospital in Tangra.
Later, two more deaths were from reported from Mucchal, while another two persons reportedly died in Batala city, also due to spurious liquor consumption.
With five more persons succumbing in Batala on Friday, the toll in the city climbed to seven. One person has been referred to the Civil Hospital in Batala in a critical condition.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a money laundering case in connection with the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, officials said on Friday.
The central probe agency has taken cognisance of a Bihar Police first investigation report (FIR) registered against actress Rhea Chakraborty and some others to slap criminal charges under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in its complaint, they said. The officials said an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) has been filed in the case related to the death of the actor and alleged financial irregularities being suspected to have been done against the deceased.
The ED had recently sought the FIR copy from the Bihar Police.
Rajput's father Krishna Kumar Singh (74) had on Tuesday lodged a police complaint against Chakraborty, her family members and six others on charges of alleged abetment to suicide of his son.
Singh has accused Chakraborty, a budding TV and film actress, of having befriended his son in May 2019 with the intention of furthering her own career.
The ED will probe allegations of alleged mishandling of Rajput's money and his bank accounts. The agency will probe if anyone used Rajput's income for money laundering and creating illegal assets, the officials said.
The Mumbai Police is already probing Rajput's death. Rajput (34), who had starred in films such as 'Chichhore', 'Kai Po Che' and 'Kedarnath', was found hanging in his apartment in Mumbai's Bandra area on June 14.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) should register an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) in connection with the money laundering angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Friday.
There is a "huge public sentiment" about handing over the case to the CBI, but the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state has been reluctant to do so.
"There is a huge sentiment among the people in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. They feel something is being hidden, new revelations are being made. Hence, people are demanding a CBI probe into it," he said.
"But the state government has been denying a CBI probe into the matter," Fadnavis, Leader of Opposition in state Assembly, said in a video message.
The demand for a CBI probe into the matter is being made by the people and not by the BJP, he added.
"Now a money laundering aspect too has come to the fore. It has been observed that money was siphoned off from his account. In such a case, the ED has a jurisdiction, so, I have demanded the ED should register an ECIR and probe the matter," he said.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh recently said Mumbai Police are capable of handling the matter and that there was no need for a CBI probe into the case.
Mumbai police have recorded statements of Bollywood personalities including Sanjay Leela Bhansali, film critic Rajeev Masand, actress Sanjana Sanghi, the actor's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, casting director Shanoo Sharma, filmmaker Mukesh Chhabra, and Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films.
The police have so far recorded statements of around 40 people, including those of Rajput's family and his cook.
Rajput, 34, was found hanging at his apartment in suburban Bandra on June 14.
He starred in films like "Shuddh Desi Romance", "Raabta", "Kedarnath", "Chhichhore" and "Sonchiriya". His most prominent role was that of cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the biopic "MS Dhoni: The Untold Story".
In a shocking incident, a 16-year-old girl allegedly hanged herself after her parents refused to let her attend online classes and watch television when she was unwell. The alleged incident took place in Katargam area of Surat in Gujarat.
The minor girl, a class 10 student, was under severe depression, a police official said. According to Ahmedabad Mirror, the deceased was sufferingfrom severe headaches for the past three weeks. She also had a cough and cold, which are suspected symptoms of the COVID-19.
While the girl was taken to the Smimer Hospital in Surat, her parents asked her not to watch TV and even did not allow her to participate in online classes for the past five days. A police official said that the minor girl tied her dupatta to the hook of her fan and hung herself.
The incident took place on Wednesday when the girl's parents had gone to buy vegetables and she told her grandmother that she is going to change clothes. When the parents returned, they found the door locked and knocked on it. When the minor girl did not respond, they broke open the door and found the girl hanging from the fan.
The deceased's father is an employee with an electricity company while her mother works as a sanitation worker with the Surat Municipal Corporation. The police have filed a complaint of accidental death and investigating is underway.